The most sophisticated of the "dixieland" bands was perhaps
the New Orleans Rhythm Kings, assembled in 1922 to exploit
the popularity of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band and Tom Brown's band.
They, too, featured an "Italian" from New Orleans, clarinetist Leon Roppolo, as well as cornetist Paul Mares (the original founder), trombonist George Brunies and pianist Elmer Schoebel (the main composer).
Initially they recorded as the Friars Society Orchestra:
Oriental (august 1922), Bugle Call Blues (august 1922),
Farewell Blues (august 1922).
But achieved their artistic peak with
Tin Roof Blues (march 1923), and for the first time Chicago heard
play jazz music worthy of the black masters. Unlike the stormy collective
playing of the Original Dixieland Jass Band, these pieces also contained solos.
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